Today I am inspired by these photographs by Patrick Willocq. They are beautiful, poignant and bizarre. Part of a series entitled, I am Walé Respect Me, they tell the story of Ekonda Pygmies and the Walé ritual whereby the nursing mother goes into seclusion from 2-5 years. Each one describes her seclusion in a certain way, by a personal song. Having never heard of this before, I am fascinated by the representation of their experience and how the photographer tells their story through imagery. Very engaging. You can click on the photo below for a few examples, but please visit his website to see more of his work and to read the women's stories!